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Jack Crabb, hero of Little Big Man and beloved chronicler of the Wild West, is back in the saddle again. This time he meets, drinks with, and rides with Bat Masterson, Annie Oakley, and Doc Holliday, and even travels with Buffalo Bill Cody to meet Queen Victoria. Part mischief, part historical fact, The Return of Little BigMan is a true literary achievement and a rollickinJack Crabb, hero of Little Big Man and beloved chronicler of the Wild West, is back in the saddle again. This time he meets, drinks with, and rides with Bat Masterson, Annie Oakley, and Doc Holliday, and even travels with Buffalo Bill Cody to meet Queen Victoria. Part mischief, part historical fact, The Return of Little BigMan is a true literary achievement and a rollicking good read.-- Tremendously well reviewed, this sequel is a hit with critics and readers alike.-- The perfect book for any lover of Westerns, Mark Twain, and Berger himself.-- With a lovable hero, an action-packed story, a true Wild West setting, and scrupulous historical detail, The Return of Little BigMan has crossover appeal for readers of both history and fiction....

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The Return of Little Big Man Reviews

  • Bill
    2019-05-08 14:19

    This book is a sequel to Little Big Man, which I thoroughly enjoyed as well. But this book is even better.The story is told as the reminiscences Of Jack Crabbe, now 112 years old and the lone white survivor of Custer's last stand.The book is full of his many diverse and wild adventures, and has a huge cast of characters that he meets along the way. These include Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, Sitting Bull, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the aforementioned General Custer and even Queen Victoria!All in all, a vastly entertaining and well written historical novel.

  • Sean
    2019-04-28 17:10

    In 1964, Berger gave us the wonderful gift of the novel "Little Big Man", wherein the 111-yr-old Jack Crabb begins telling us his life story, starting with how his family was killed by the Cheyenne while traveling across Nebraska. 35 years after "Little Big Man" was published, Berger gives us a wonderful gift, in the form of a sequel to "Little Big Man". Jack is now 112 years old and continues the story of his life, picking up at the point just after Wild Bill Hickock was shot in the back in a saloon. (Jack was his bodyguard).As with the first novel, Jack enjoys a life that includes bumping into or befriending some of the American West's most colorful characters. He spends time in Dodge City with Bat Masterson, sits on the sidelines at the Gunfight at the OK Corral, tours with Buffalo Bill and his Wild West show, and is present when his friend Sitting Bull is killed.Berger's humor and insight about some of the characters from the Americann West is so welcome that we don't really mind the unlikelihood that Jack happens to have known so many of them. Rather, we appreciate being reunited with Jack and enjoy his humor and honest view of everyone that he meets. As the first novel did, the sequel gives us some wonderful satire while quietly witnessing the bittersweet decline of the culture of the American Indian.While the story arc in Berger's sequel may not quite equal the structure of the original, "Return" is a wonderful gift for fans of the original "Little Big Man" and should not be missed.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-12 13:05

    To my disappointment, this sequel seemed fairly pointless. Even worse, it was boring. Unlike the original, in this book Jack Crabb seems to wander randomly about the Old West, the only point being to place him at the correct time and place to be present for every major historical event. It had zero emotional content, unlike the original. I wanted to like it, and I didn't DISLIKE it, there just doesn't seem to be any compelling reason why a sequel was needed. Read the original - it's a classic. Also read Arthur Rex, by the same author. It's a terrific retelling of the King Arthur legend. You'll thank me.

  • Yak
    2019-05-10 13:06

    Not nearly as good as "Little Big Man," but I had to read it when I found out it existed, since LBM is a very good book and also one of my all-time favorite movies. The sequel book spends a great deal of time detailing Jack Crabb's adventures with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West show, which frankly isn't all that interesting. Much less time spent on interesting characters, including Native Americans. The switching back and forth from white to Indian cultures was the first book greatest strength but is lacking here.

  • Mike
    2019-05-23 11:59

    I LOVED the original Little Big Man. The Return, not so much. Jack Crabb is still doing what he does, insinuating himself into the lives of famous people of the period and having wild, unbelievable adventures in the Old West.Unfortunately, in this case the adventures aren't all THAT wild or adventurous and there doesn't seem to be any real cohesive plot. It does a good job of giving a glimpse into various aspects of life in the late 19th century and that's about it.I wouldn't recommend this to anyone but hardcore fans of western novels.

  • Christine
    2019-05-16 17:19

    Tried to read this for a book club at the office, but couldn't finish it. The movie based on the first book was fun, the second book was just too much of the same, again, and again...The writing style was irritating.

  • Ray Pierson
    2019-05-13 13:14

    What a piece of garbage. If Berger needed money, he should have passed the hat, not ruin the memory of Little Big Man with this dribble.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-29 12:15

    112 year old Jack Crabb continues his travels through the Wild West and beyond. He manages to meet nearly every figure of renown and observe legendary events from Wild Bill Hickock's murder to the Gunfight at the O. K. Corral and relates what really happened at every instance. His adventures with Buffalo Bill and the Wild West show take him to Europe and more historic figures. I enjoyed the audio version and the narration added to the overall experience. Missing the climactic Battle of the Little Big Horn that gave a direction to the original, Jack's story meandered. But it was full of original thought and well grounded research into the real events.

  • Ralph Miller
    2019-05-24 13:14

    Good, but not as good as the initial Little Big Man. Entertaining. Bogs down a little at the Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull show biz stuff.

  • Kingcuke
    2019-05-07 16:56

    A continuation of and as good as "Little Big Man"

  • Tim
    2019-04-29 14:05

    As sequels go, "The Return of Little Big Man" was welcome as hell. Thirty-five years after the original, Thomas Berger gave us a second (and final, unfortunately) book told by Jack Crabb, who lived more than 110 years and walked among, as he tells it, many of the Wild West's most colorful figures. Of course it's not as good as "Little Big Man." Nobody could expect that. But "The Return" is worthy and strong, and that's plenty.Berger has to pull a "nope, he didn't die after all" trick to allow Crabb to give us another volume, and here he is, picking up after Jack's surviving the Battle of the Little Bighorn and, with the Indians' place in the West on the wane, visiting Dodge City, Deadwood and Tombstone, real towns that now are the stuff of legend. Of course Jack was present at the Gunfight at the OK Corral (though not really at the OK Corral) and at the deaths of Wild Bill Hickok and Sitting Bull.Interspersed among these big-headline items, Jack becomes involved in teaching Native American children, acquires a plucky dog friend and a plucky female pal.It must be said that Berger seems to write with grudging obligation about some of the obvious events, such as the Earps' showdown in Tombstone. It's ... OK (!) but honestly kind of flat, as if Berger is going town his Wild West History Checklist, and there's not much color to either it or Hickok's murder beyond the fact that Jack was there.But the book picks up steam as you read deeper, and not coincidentally gets better the more it deals with Indians. Crabb's presence at Sitting Bull's tragic death is wonderfully told. But the real centerpiece of the novel is Jack's joining up with Buffalo Bill's Wild West shows, where he of course hangs out with the legendary showman, Indians and deadeye Annie Oakley, and gets to visit the queen of England. Fun stuff.In "Little Big Man" Jack Crabb had both Indian and white wives, though neither could be called a romance. In the sequel, he finds something quieter but deeper and sweeter that you can't really put a marriage name on, and it's this relationship, as well as the comparative subtleties of the handling of the Indians that are the highlights of the novel. In the vast majority of areas, "Return" is inferior to "Little Big Man." But Berger learned a lot in the many years along the way to the sequel, and his style of writing Jack's voice is far more consistent the second time around. I love it when writers find in simple narrators high art: eloquence in unsophistication. And here it's beautifully handled.Stick with "The Return of Little Big Man," be assured that it gets better as it goes along, and for heaven's sake don't expect it to reach the heights of the first book, and you'll like this sequel just fine.

  • Paula
    2019-05-07 16:00

    Following on from 'Little Big Man', Jack Crabb continues the story of his amazing life but not before faking his own death to get out of his publishing contract. The story begins where 'Little Big Man' finished, having survived the battle of Little Bighorn and spending some time with his Cheyenne family he heads into the West to find his next adventure where again he meets various historical figures such as The Earp Brothers, Bat Masterton, Wild Bill Hickok and Annie Oakley and becomes part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and meets Sitting Bull, a war chief of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux tribe.'The Return of Little Big Man' is an excellent read which I enjoyed, I loved reading about Jack's many encounters and his capacity for survival, the reason for this he claims is because he is not a 'thinker'. Jack is older in 'The Return of Little Big Man' and wiser, and still in some ways trying to find his place in the world, he thinks of himself as a white man and a Cheyenne Indian, because he has experienced both ways of lives, he uses this to his advantage. Thomas Berger has created a character in Jack Crabb who is realistic and somewhat fantastical too, Jack is fictional but you cannot help wishing that he was a real person because Jack is definitely a memorable individual.The ending is left open with the promise of more stories from Jack.A well written,memorable book with the one and only Mr Jack Crabb, also known as Little Big Man.

  • Brian Bess
    2019-04-30 11:06

    This novel continues Jack Crabb's adventures throughout the late 19th century as his knack for running into virtually every notorious figure from the Old West (and almost everywhere else he travels)persists. He also continues to provide his rustic, illiterate yet eloquent, unique perspective on the world that he knew. It is certainly readable and sustains interest. However, like most sequels, it lacks the impact of the original and, like a continuous soap opera, one senses that it could continue indefinitely as the chronicle of this unique and eccentric observer, the little anonymous man who happened to witness many of the seminal events of the Old West and lived to tell the tale to an audience of the future, necessarily posthumous as he explains circumstances that rendered the telling of his tales to his contemporaries impossible.There could conceivably be more tales of Jack Crabb in a third novel, provided Thomas Berger is still living and up to the task. However, one was enough to make the point and the second is a worthwhile yet unnecessary bonus. A third, while probably readable, really would be outstaying Jack's welcome and, if he has a knack equal to his uncanny ability to be at the right moment in history, it is his ability to know when to get off the stage.For all fans of Little Big Man, The Return is worth your time. Just don't expect something that remotely equals the first novel.

  • Bill FromPA
    2019-05-16 11:19

    Berger matches the narrative voice of the earlier book very well and has come up with some engaging adventures for his protagonist, picking up the story at the point where the earlier book ended. In the end he relies too much on having his protagonist present at historical events or having chance encounters with famous people; the choice of a few of these such as Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull, who are essential to the story, would have worked well, but adding many more gratuitous encounters weakens the use of the more essential ones. One way in which Jack Crabb’s voice has changed more credibly is that he voices more of the retrospective insights an elderly man would have, no doubt a result of Berger being in his 70s when the book was written. Several loose threads from the first book, such as the fate of Crabb’s son Morning Star and Crabb’s relationship with his childhood rival Younger Bear would have seemed to be prime material for exploration in the sequel, but are barely mentioned. In the end, the issue is whether one thinks Little Big Man needed a sequel at all – the original book is quite complete and satisfying in itself and, so far, the sequel, for all the entertainment and occasional poignancy it provides, has really added nothing to the original.

  • Lloyd
    2019-05-17 08:55

    NOTE: No real details, but kind of spoilerish.Kind of a tough read after "Little Big Man". The first volume came across as a tall tale, spanning three decades of the narrator's supposed life story. Bouncing around the country as he does, each of the episodes felt larger than life, and just barely within credulity. The second volume feels more like traditional historical fiction. The pacing is also very different, with the entire novel being a fairly linear affair taking place over less than 20 years. The sense of being a tall tale also disappears and the stories actually seem more believable but only because Jack is now a hanger-on of a traveling wild west show that really did involve a number of notable characters and was attended by important figures from around the world. While the end does provide a "wink and a nod" to the original novel by intimating that he was involved in several important events in the early 20th century, we don't get any details from his life for the more than 60 years leading up to the narrator's "present day" in the 1950s.

  • John Montagne
    2019-04-28 11:20

    Really good fun, but perhaps not so much if you don't enjoy westerns... but maybe not. It is a different type of western, it doesn't have the usual tropes though there are a lot of famous gunslingers and other western notables in it. Why else is it different? Well first off, its funny. The main character is not only an unlikely hero, he isn't a hero at all. But he does find himself with the heroes and the villains. Not to say it is even that type of adventure style western... it isn't, its the story about a small guy just trying to get by in the wild west. But what's even more fascinating is that Berger manages to 're-tell' famous western tales truthfully, from a light as to how they actually happened. You also get some brilliant insight as to the perceptions of the native Americans that are more true to life than other takes (I know this from my own background). Truly a good yarn with lovable and believable characters - many of which you'll know of.

  • Melissa McCauley
    2019-05-08 09:54

    Like so many sequels, this one was a disappointment. Jack Crabb is back spinning tall tales of the Wild West… but they aren’t that wild. In this book, he fakes his own death (with the help of his nursing home staff) to get out of his first publishing contract and is supposedly telling this batch of malarkey to a new editor. According to Jack, he hung out with Bat Masterson, had his tooth fixed by Doc Holliday, took care of drunken Katie Elder, was present at the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, was present at the death of Wild Bill Hickok, and traveled the world with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, where he befriended Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull, to name a few. Sounds interesting, right? Surprisingly boring, especially the lengthy descriptions of the BBWW show and its season at the famous Chicago World’s Fair, where Jack meets up again with this book’s ridiculously recurring character, uptight do-gooder Amanda Teasdale (In the last book it was his frenemy Younger Bear).

  • David Guy
    2019-05-13 15:54

    I loved the earlier of Berger's novels, Little Big Man, a Zelig like story about a 110 year old man who happened to be present at every major event in Western history. It was both a wild fantasy and a hard realistic look at the way the West really was. I couldn't imagine what a sequel would be, but Jack Crabb suddenly pops up again, says "I didn't really die, people just put out that I did, and I have a lot more to say," and then takes us on a wild story where he knews Wild Bill Hickhock (it was Jack's fault that he was shot and killed), Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Annie Oakley, and especially Buffalo Bill Cody, who emerges as a fascinating character in this story. I have no idea if any of this is even remotely true (we know that Jack is an invention, but he's usually just a bystander), but it makes for a wonderful story, and Berger is, as usual, a marvelous writer. I would almost say I liked it more than the original. I love novels about the old West, and this is a great one.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-23 14:58

    More of the same.The dirty old swindler, Jack Crabb, faked his death to get away from the man who made him famous so he could make his own buck with his own tall tales.He thinks Bill Cody was maybe the best thrower of bull chips as ever crossed the plains but throws suspicion from hisself in the very next paragraph seeming to indicate that he might be just that: an expert thrower of bull.Bat Masterson? Wyatt Earp? General Custer? Wild Bill Hickok? Sitting Bull? Survived Little Bighorn? Ha! There’s a storm comin’ says the man polishing his thunder mug.It took some doin’ to equal the previous entry of Mr. Crabb but he done it somehow. It did seem like thin molasses though in the latter parts but I never entertained the thought that i should of quit.

  • Dennis
    2019-05-23 14:10

    This was a really hilarious jaunt through the Old West, as told by an "eyewitness" to historical events. I admit to being a sucker for books on the Old West that try to approach the truth and with so much of the history of this time being anecdotal, who's to say what really happened? It only adds to the romance of people like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Calamity Jane, Sitting Bull, Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, Wild Bill Hickock and a lot of others. The only thing I can compare this to is possibly "The Sot-Weed Factor" by John Barth for an alternative (and humorous)look at American History.

  • Dan
    2019-04-24 15:13

    The Return of Little Big Man - Thomas Berger. Little Big Man is one of my father's favorite books, and somehow I have never read it. When I grabbed this book, I did not make the connection, but this is the sequel. It is a fictional account of the life of the only white survivor of the Battle of Little Bighorn. Jack meets one famous person after another, from Buffalo Bill to young Winston Churchill, and everyone in between. Kind of like Forrest Gump meets the wild west. Strangely, with all these famous events happening around him, I got caught up in the on-going worry if he would EVER pay Wild Bill's widow back. I cannot decide if I liked it or not.

  • Joe Bartello
    2019-04-27 16:54

    Jack Crabbe is back in this sequel that carries on the story. The writing style is as if it is being dictated (colloquially) by Jack. Sometimes it is a bit irritating but really paints an authentic portrait of the 'old west' and goes on to tell of the travels of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show through the turn of the century.By this time, most of the characters including Sitting Bull, Rain In The Face, Wyatt Earp and a large cast, are in it for the money and cashing in on their notoriety.I really liked this book and recommend it highly.

  • Vikas Datta
    2019-05-11 16:08

    Inspired by but not quite by Flashman insofar our protagonist is again a ringside viewer of some significant events of his epoch but is more honourable. Paints a evocative picture of ante-bellum American West and gives a penetrating, incisive view of figures like Sitting Bull, Bat Masterton, Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley and the Earp brothers, not to mention Queen Victoria and Bertie the Bounder, while going a fair way in depicting the mentality of Americans - white and native - of the period and their ways of Europe, Interesting read overall but a tad too long..

  • Jake Berlin
    2019-04-27 09:56

    not quite as wonderful as the first "little big man" -- it's repetitive at times, leading an occasional tired feeling -- but still compelling, fun, and funny. and jack crabb is still one of the better first-person narrators you'll come across. the ending hints at a third book in the series, which would probably have been worth reading, but unfortunately berger died before he got to it (if he ever intended to at all).

  • Cynjok
    2019-05-15 11:59

    I liked this sequel to "Little Big Man" better than the original novel. I understand the two books were written decades apart and the main character of Jack Crabb in the sequel is easier to relate to than as he is presented in the original novel. However, what I do like best about the original novel is that there was a juxtaposition in Jack Crabb's character which made him extremely touching at times.

  • Lynn Pribus
    2019-05-24 14:54

    What a disappointment! I loved Little Big Man and have read it several times. This one, you get the feeling Berger's agent was wanting another payday and got Berger (in a weak and foolish moment) to agree to write a sequel.Didn't even finish it.

  • Kerie
    2019-05-15 15:55

    Sometimes a sequel isn't nearly as good as the original, but in this case that isn't true. I enjoyed this volume as much as the first one. But seriously, Jack Crabb must be the Forrest Gump of the 19th century.

  • Simeon
    2019-04-25 09:12

    RETURN OF LITTLE BIG MAN-T. Berger aud-un 4/5

  • John
    2019-04-27 11:57

    historical fiction

  • Susan
    2019-04-28 14:17

    Not the book I was hoping for.